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Profits Through Small Scale Farming – Two Events Being Offered

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Touch the Soil News # 180 If you’ve ever considered getting into raising food as a career, here are two events that can give you the scoop. Learn from experts and discover low-capital-cost models that make profitable entry possible to most anyone. Get introduced to skills and business techniques important to developing better economics for yourself and community. No previous experience is necessary for either event.   Event #1 What:             Cultivating Profits with Small Scale Farming Conference (in the classroom) When:              Friday, October 16, 2015 – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Where:            Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina – 1200 Murchison Road Shaw Auditorium in the School of Business…

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Flash Announcement – Special SPIN Farming Webinar

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Touch the Soil News # 160 If you’ve ever wanted to become an urban farmer / market gardener here’s a chance to participate in an online webinar that gives you the scoop of how to do it with a minimum of capital outlay and a maximum of return. Following are the Details:   What: SPIN farming is hosting a Webinar featuring Jared Regier of Chain Reaction Urban Farm.   When: August 27, 2015 (Thursday) at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time (make sure you log in according to your own time zone).   How: Click on the following link to register and get other details: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1043325852552174850 SPIN Farming is “production” oriented to…

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Reasons to Garden Are Escalating

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Touch the Soil News # 153 There are hundreds of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) around the world drawing attention to the fact that food availability today – and moving forward – is not as it was. One source we have deemed credible is the World Resources Institute (WRI). The WRI has some 450 experts that crunch data in over 50 countries. The WRI maintains offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States. With an annual budget of $65 million, the WRI is one of the world’s top resources in identifying hot spots and issues of ecological concern. While there are a number of areas the WRI focuses…

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Food-Chain News Roundup

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Touch the Soil News # 149 Billionaires and Food Vietnam’s only billionaire, Pham Nhat Vuong, through his investment company Vingroup, is putting together a $46.5 million dollar greenhouse food enterprise. Up till now, Vuong has been involved in property development – making agriculture a total departure from his norm. Helping in the project is Israeli company Netafim. Netafim builds out greenhouses and is the world’s leader in drip irrigation products and technology. Vuong represents just one small investor, among a growing flock of investors looking to harness their dollars in food and agriculture. Greenhouse food production near cities attracts billionaire Farmers Open Grocery Store Two Canadian farmers – Simone Rudge…

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Jon Lockhart – Taking Up the Trend and Following the Leads to Urban Farming

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Touch the Soil News # 117 Jon Lockhart with niece and nephews Bryce, Mee Mai, and Miles Meet Jon Lockhart from Oakdale, Minnesota. Oakdale is on the eastern edge of the much larger Minneapolis / St. Paul metropolitan area – a population center of 3.8 million people. Lockhart explains that while Minneapolis proper has a thriving local foods culture, the St. Paul area and East into Oakdale is far less developed when it comes to a local food chain. Feedback that Lockhart is getting is that local food in his area is on a trend upwards. Lockhart has an established wholesale propagation business raising and selling perennial and shrub plant…

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Snapshot of an Emerging American Dream – Mary Ackley Raises Food in Urban Washington, D.C

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Mary Ackley (see photo) is owner of Little Wild Things City Farm in NW Washington D.C. Ackley started by raising micro-greens indoors. They are grown in soil in nursery trays (see photo). She also works a small garden plot for raising vegetables. Ackley combined her dream of starting and running her own small business with her love of growing vegetables, flowers, herbs and micro-greens. “I want to prove that urban farming can work in the big-city context,” says Ackley. “I believe urban agriculture must be viable as a business for it to be truly sustainable and to make a bigger impact on the food system.” Raising food in a densely…

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Abundant Life Farm – Illustrating Career and Life Options Around Growing Food

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Linda Borghi is on her third farm. Her present farm is in Walker Valley, New York – about a one and a half hour drive north of the Big Apple. Abundant Life Biodynamic SPIN Farm is situated in the Shawngunk Mountains that has been turned into a “terraced” farm that hints of centuries old practices in exotic places like Nepal and China. Borghi came from an Italian family, the oldest of eight in a family of fine art dealers. Beginning her career in the corporate world, she ultimately broke away and got into raising and marketing local food. “It was a big change for me, considering where I came from,”…

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